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Gaffney Police Officer Earns Prestigious Award

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Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette presented Cpt. Chris Skinner of The Gaffney Police Department with a prestigious award. Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette presented Cpt. Chris Skinner of The Gaffney Police Department with a prestigious award.

A longtime City of Gaffney Police Officer was honored with a prestigious award Monday night.

Captain Chris Skinner was recognized with the 2013 Solicitor's Award For Cherokee County Law Enforcement Excellence during a reception held at the Broad River Electric Cooperative.

"No matter how big or small the investigation, Capt. Skinner is always willing to jump into the car and assist his detectives as they pursue leads, develop the suspect and make the arrest," Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said. "His interest and his dedication continue until the case is resolved in court."

Skinner is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who supervises the Gaffney City Police Department's investigation and crime scene unit. His group's recent success includes the arrest of Brandon Knuckles, who is accused of killing his 78-year-old mother and stuffing her in a trash can. They were also responsible for the investigation that led to the conviction of Joseph Satterwhite, who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend in Gaffney.

A committee of law enforcement officers from city, county and state agencies nominated Skinner and three others for the honor. Among those nominated include B.J. Webb of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, David Owens of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and Officer Zeb Starnes of the Blacksburg Police Department.

Skinner will receive a weekend in Myrtle Beach and use of a BMW for a weekend. His name will be placed on a plaque that hangs in the Cherokee County Solicitor's Office.

Barnette also thanked community businesses for their support in helping make the annual banquet a success once again.

I appreciate the community's willingness to support such a worthy cause," Barnette said. "Police officers and their families richly deserve a night of rest and relaxation for the many sacrifices they make to keep us safe."

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